Family Resource Center Receives $20,000 Grant from Deaconess Foundation

August 14, 2014

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Foundation Dollars go to support PathBuilders Program in Spanish Lake Community

Family Resource Center received a $20,000 grant from the St. Louis-based Deaconess Foundation to assist the agency in introducing its PathBuilders Program into the Spanish Lake Community in northeastern St. Louis county.

Deaconess Grant check

Since 1990, the number of families in the Spanish Lake Community living below the poverty level has increased by 200%, and single parent households have more than doubled. When families lack basic needs such as safety, housing, jobs and parenting skills, they are at greater risk of child abuse.   Family Resource Center’s innovative PathBuilders Program combines highly effective therapies with wrap around services to help families reduce these risk factors. Focusing the PathBuilders Program on a small geographic area such as Spanish Lake makes it feasible to develop a social support system (neighbors, churches, community organizations) that can help mitigate crisis situations.

The grant is part of Deaconess’ Community Capacity Building Initiative designed to create, strengthen, and expand the region’s capability to achieve and sustain betteroutcomes for children and youth.

About Deaconess

Deaconess, established in 1889, is celebrating 125 years of service to the St. Louis area and continues its mission — pursuing health and hope for all St. Louis children. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $72 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. For more information about Deaconess Foundation or its funding opportunities, visit Connect with Deaconess on Twitter @DeaconessFound and Facebook.